Prospective Lab Members

Graduate students

The Beinart lab welcomes inquiries from prospective graduate students interested in applying for external, independent funding. The Beinart lab is broadly looking for MS and PhD students interested in the ecology and physiology of the microbial symbionts of aquatic organisms. Applicants should have undergraduate degrees, with backgrounds in microbiology, bioinformatics, marine biology, biology, and/or computer science. Projects could involve assessing the diversity and physiology of the chemosynthetic symbionts associated with marine animals, or the prokaryotic symbionts of anaerobic protists. Projects will likely include, but are not limited to: analysis of genomic and transcriptomic sequences, as well as laboratory or shipboard physiological experiments.

For more general information about applying to graduate programs, I suggest reading these helpful articles:

Casey Dunn's Medium article "Applying to Biology PhD programs" 

and the long list of blog posts about this topic on Joan Strassmann's blog Sociobiology

Postdoctoral Researchers

The Beinart lab welcomes inquiries from prospective postdocs interested in applying for external, independent funding. If interested, please send a research interest statement and CV to Roxanne Beinart (rbeinart@uri.edu) with the subject line "Postdoc research".

Undergraduate Researchers

The Beinart lab is looking for motivated and curious undergraduate researchers to work on a variety of projects involving marine microbial symbioses. A background in biology, marine biology, computer science, bioinformatics, and/or ocean engineering would be appreciated, but is not required.  If interested, please send a short research interest statement and CV to Roxanne Beinart (rbeinart@uri.edu) with the subject line "Undergrad research".

For general advice about finding a lab to work in as an undergraduate, I suggest reading Joan Strassmann's blog post "You want to do research but how do you begin?"